If you have or are thinking about getting an exotic pet, its important to do some research about any special requirements your new family member is going to need.
When bringing a wild or exotic animal into a domestic environment, it is your job as the pet's owner to emulate the animals wild environment to the best of your ability. Chinchillas, for example, are extremely active in the wild. In their natural environment they can jump up to six feet, so it is important that their cages be as large as possible. Exotic pet blogger Adrienne Kruzer recommends a chinchilla cage to be no smaller than four feet wide, and larger if possible.
It is also important to take into account whether your exotic pet is nocturnal (hamsters), or particularly social. Guinea pigs and sugar gliders are social creatures, and it is best if they are bought and kept in pairs. Sugar gliders in particular need social contact to prevent depression, and in some cases, even death. The cage of a sugar glider should be as tall as possible, allowing them to jump high as they do in the wild.
When considering becoming a snake owner, it is important to keep in mind the big commitment you are making. Snakes can live upwards of 20 years, and have several qualities that make domesticating them tricky. Most snakes have natural escape instincts, making a strong cage extremely important. They also require a diet of live (preferably fresh, not frozen) animals like rats and mice. Finally, it is preferable to obtain your pet snake from a breeder, since snakes captured from the wild may be more difficult to tame.